AN investigation has been launched after an outbuilding was deliberately set on fire near Oban.

Police say that the incident happened around 4.30am on Saturday, May 18 in the rear garden of a house in Creag Bhan Village near Glengallan Road.

It has been confirmed that nobody was injured, however, the shed and its contents were completely ruined in the fire.

Officers have established from enquiries that three young men were seen running off from the location towards Glengallan Road.

They are checking for any relevant CCTV images which might assist them identifying the men who ran away.

Detective Constable Colin Oman said: “People may think there is no harm in this type of crime, but it can be extremely harmful.

"Fire can take hold and spread quickly, especially in this hot, dry weather.

"Thankfully, no-one was injured but the shed is destroyed, and the house suffered damage from the heat of the fire.

"I am asking anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident to contact us, if anyone has dash cam or doorbell recording equipment, please check the footage and contact us if your footage could assist our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0884 of Saturday, May 18.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.